A Christmas Market Tour of Germany

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Christmas Market in Heidelberg

Christmas Market in Heidelberg


I am not known as being fond of cold weather (and I can be a bit “bah humbug” about Christmas), but I had only heard wonderful things about the Christmas Markets in Germany, so when I received an invitation to go for a week in December I knew I had to say yes.

My trip started with a short jet-lag recovery stay at Villa Kennedy, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Frankfurt. It’s a quick seven mile ride from the airport, and my room was perfect for catching up on much needed sleep.

We are members of the Sir Rocco’s Knights preferred partner program, and the hotel is also a Virtuoso preferred partner.

  1. Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  2. Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests

  3. €85 EUR Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  4. Internet: 1 MB High Speed free of charge

  5. Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  6. Complimentary Wi-Fi

Villa Kennedy Room

Villa Kennedy Room


Villa Kennedy Room

Villa Kennedy Room


Villa Kennedy Bathroom

Villa Kennedy Bathroom


The next day I was picked up in a lovely Mercedes and driven rapidly to Baden-Baden, and my one night stay at the lovely Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, part of the Oetker Collection. I also had the opportunity to do a site inspection of the gorgeous sister property, Villa Stephanie.

We are a part of the Oetker Collection preferred partner program called Pearl. Plus, the hotel is also a Virtuoso preferred partner.

  1. Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  2. Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests (served in Salon Lichtental)

  3. Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  4. $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit, (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, not valid for products)

  5. Complimentary Wi-Fi

Bedroom at Brenners Park

Bedroom at Brenners Park


Sitting Room at Brenners Park

Sitting Room at Brenners Park


Treats at Brenners Park

Treats at Brenners Park


Baden-Baden is a charming town known for having wonderful spas and thermal waters, and of course, a lovely Christmas Market.

Baden-Baden Christmas Market

Baden-Baden Christmas Market


Gingerbread Houses in Baden-Baden

Gingerbread Houses in Baden-Baden


My next two nights were spent in the Black Forest at the lovely family owned and operated Hotel Traube Tonbach. If you are a foodie, this hotel needs no introduction. It is known worldwide for it’s culinary program in general, and specifically for Schwarzwaldstube, it has held three Michelin stars without interruption since 1992!

Traube Tonbach Bedroom

Traube Tonbach Bedroom


Schwarzwaldstube

Schwarzwaldstube


Blockhütte

Blockhütte


Traube Tonbach was recently added to Virtuoso, and our clients receive the following complimentary amenities:

  1. Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  2. Complimentary Buffet Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay

  3. A complimentary dinner for up to two people per room, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities once during stay. (must be 3 course minimum with a minimum value of $100 USD equivalent)

  4. Glass of Champagne upon arrival, served in room

  5. Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  6. Complimentary Wi-Fi

Of course, while there, we visited the Christmas Market in Freudenstadt, a short fifteen minute drive from the hotel.

Children's Ride at the Christmas Market in Freudenstadt

Children’s Ride at the Christmas Market in Freudenstadt


Our Group at the Christmas Market in Freudenstadt

Our Group at the Christmas Market in Freudenstadt


Our last two nights were spent in Heidelberg and we made a stop for lunch and a site inspection on the way at the lovely Hotel Erbprinz Ettlingen.

Bedroom at Hotel Erbprinz Ettlingen

Bedroom at Hotel Erbprinz Ettlingen


Pastries at Hotel Erbprinz Ettlingen

Pastries at Hotel Erbprinz Ettlingen


I loved my light bright room at Europäischer Hof Heidelberg. This is another family owned and operated hotel, and the hospitality is as warm and inviting as if you were visiting the home of a dear friend. A great base from which to explore Heidelberg.

Bedroom at Europäischer Hof Heidelberg

Bedroom at Europäischer Hof Heidelberg


Bathroom at Europäischer Hof Heidelberg

Bathroom at Europäischer Hof Heidelberg


We took a guided walking tour of the city, and of course, visited the Christmas Market.

Pastries in Heidelberg

Pastries in Heidelberg


Heidelburg Castle

Heidelburg Castle


Heidelberg

Heidelberg


I want to thank all of the hotels who graciously sponsored our experiences, as well as well as our lovely leader, Ellie, from Wegner Associates who put the trip together and cheered us along. Danke!

Considering a trip to Germany? Would you like to visit the Christmas Markets? Contact us today!

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